20.3.2015 | 10:24
Folks will always have their favourite genre, when relating to TV shows that is. Some would go for romance, maybe even with a slight dash of comedy. Others may thrive with drama programmes. Horror is another preference for a lot of people.
Now, for the very adventurous, action and crime shows would be their forte. “Who would not like some thrill and excitement, right?” they would ask. Well, each person is different and it can really vary. Anyhow, if you are such who likes plots like this, then you are in for a treat with the following drama.
And that would be the far famed TV series, Sherlock.
Sherlock is a British following that is based and adapted from the detective novel by Scottish author and physician, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which is relatively of the same name, Sherlock Holmes. As mentioned, it is about this sleuth, Sherlock, and his great investigating adventures where he very much proved himself to be worthy of praise. Together with his magnificent logical reasoning and skills, solving cases even with difficulty did not stop him.
Those who loved the books are certainly thankful to BBC as they brought the series to life. The first broadcast was in the year 2010 and top billing the production is English actor, Benedict Cumberbatch. Sherlock’s sidekick, Doctor John Watson, has then been played by another English actor, Martin Freeman.
According to Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, writers of the series, and even of other famous adaptations such as that of Jekyll and Doctor Who, Benedict was truly fit for the lead role. Along with producer Sue Vertue, they thought of casting him right off the bat after they watch him on the 2007 film, Atonement. For the part of Doctor John Watson, there were a lot of actors who auditioned but in the end, Martin was able to bag the title.
You can very much see how all, from the management and staff, have prepared and worked for Sherlock. BBC Wales, BBC Worldwide and PBS network from the United States produced it together, so you can really see the support and funding. Award winning costume designers like Ray Holman and Sarah Arthur joined forces for the cast’s specific garbs. Details are, of course, not spared. The detective’s look alone is evidently well thought from the suit, the trousers to the jacket.
The Sherlock series was situated around the 1800s and producers and writers found it a challenge how the story can be incorporated into the modern setting. They did not want to make it too contemporary as well; traditional elements were still left as they are so as to uphold the original structure.
As mentioned, this was first released by the year 2010 and that is with 3 episodes. It was then followed with another set, comprising of 3 episodes as well. By 2014, there are already a total of 9 episodes since its start.
For Series 1, sequences of the programme were as follows: “A Study in Pink” (based from the first novel of the series, A Study in Scarlet), “The Blind Banker”, and “The Great Game”.
Because of how “A Study in Pink”, in particular, was highly received, that then led to the decision to continue with the second series. “A Scandal in Bohemia”, “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and “The Final Problem” were then the episodes that succeeded, which were chosen since they were very well known amongst fans and readers.
A sweet and short tidbit came in the form of “Many Happy Returns”, a mini episode that acted as a prequel for Series 3. This aired as a Christmas special in 2013. And speaking of the third instalment, episodes were “The Empty Hearse”, “The Sign of Three” and “His Last Vow”.
As of writing, a special broadcast is set to air by Christmas of this year, 2015. Filming has been done and wrapped up from January to February, and this will act as another prequel for the proposed fourth series. By 2016, if plans pushed through, and actors get to fit the project into their busy schedules, the next episodes will get to be released in that year.
Success has no doubt come its way and that is evident through their many awards and nominations. Best Drama Series, Best Television Drama, Best Terrestrial Show and Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor were just some of them. In the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, they came out victorious as well.
In any case, are you looking out for the new series of Sherlock?